By Babajide Okeowo
A few days ago, many parts of the world from Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland witnessed high levels of flooding. The story was not different in Nigeria as torrential rainfall left many parts of the country flooded with coastal Lagos State being the most affected. In the course of the downpour and aftermath, many cars were submerged in water. The Matrix compiles a list of dos and don’ts if your car is ever submerged in water to avoid damaging the car.
If your vehicle is in that flood and you haven’t started your engine. Don’t start it. Even if the vehicle is submerged and the water goes down. It’s likely water has made its way into the engine.
The first thing to do is open your engine air filter and check for moisture. If it’s moist or damp, do not crank that vehicle!!! Do not attempt to start it.
Allow the water to go down, tow it away if possible. Get your mechanic to drain the engine oil immediately. Also drain the transmission fluid. Do not take the risk of trying to drive that vehicle.
Let the mechanic disconnect the fuel sending unit (fuel pump), pull out the spark plugs one after the other and then crank the engine. You want to make sure water in each cylinder is blown out of the engine by the compression / exhaust stroke.
Once completed for all the cylinders. Connect the fuel pump (easiest way is to remove the relay or the fuse) and start the vehicle. It may idle rough. Leave it. Do not rev it. Allow that vehicle idle for some 30 minutes
Once it’s up to operating temperature, (because you have replaced your transmission fluid) engage the gears one after the other. From P to R wait 5 seconds R to N wait another 5 seconds N to D wait again. D to N again N to R and R to Park. After this. You can drive.
Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any outstanding water.
Use towels to absorb water that may have soaked into the seats and cushions.
Use dehumidifiers and fans, if possible.
Tips Provided by De-Taurus AutoFix